Hello friends! It’s been a while since I last wrote but a week at the beach served as an inspiration to get back to blogging. Today I am feeling refreshed and energized (despite waking up before 3 am to catch a flight back to Texas) after a much-needed vacation. Vacation has me so relaxed that I wanted to share the warm and fuzzy feelings with you. Below I have 3 self-care tips that are perfect for springtime.
For those of you who are new to my blog, I’ll give a quick introduction to help you understand where I’m coming from. I live in Texas with my sweet husband and Willow, my labradoodle. I have a masters’ degree in marriage and family therapy, I just celebrated my year anniversary as a social worker for foster kids and foster families, and my husband and I are in the process of becoming licensed foster parents. I love Jesus, coffee, and all fuzzy animals.
I have dealt with pretty bad anxiety and depression over the last several years (starting in grad school). However, through some therapy and lots of trial and error, I am able to manage my anxiety and depression fairly well, even at a highly stressful and emotional job.
Whew, that was a long intro! Here are the tips:
1. Go outside!
Depending on where you live, the weather should be nice and the flowers should be in full bloom. Sit and soak in some sun. Take a deep breath. It’s good for your soul and your body. Seriously, the sun helps with mood and increases your Vitamin D levels. Taking a few mindful deep breaths will slow your heart and mind and increase oxygen flow. Your body needs this.
Pro tip: If you’re a redhead like me, make sure you lather up with the sunscreen though! Getting a sunburn while trying to relax is counterproductive.
2. Power down.
Shut down the computer, turn off the email notifications, and set your phone to “do not disturb”. We spend way too much time comparing ourselves to everybody on Facebook and Instagram and it’s straight up just not good for anxiety, self-esteem, loneliness, etc.
We also have a society where we make ourselves available for work all the time. I have learned that I need time to be away from the worries of my work. When I am done for the day, I need to put my phone and email aside and be present with my husband and relax. I felt so much more like myself during m vacation when I was able to get out of work mode and decompress a little. I absolutely love my job and am so honored to get to work with amazing, selfless, passionate people every single day. However, the stories I hear and things I see are hard and take a beating on my soft heart. It was good to get away from responsibility for just a bit.
3. Go for an annual checkup.
So, this is really a bizarre tip for me to give because I DO NOT like going to the doctor and really avoid going if I can. But…in order to become a licensed foster parent in Texas, your doctor has to sign off saying you are healthy enough to care for kiddos. Makes sense. Anyways, that’s the only reason I got a checkup. Getting a check-up made it on my self-care list because the doctor did lab work and my Vitamin D levels came back pretty low. Vitamin D is important for energy, which I am definitely lacking because 4 cups of joe a day just aren’t cutting it anymore. Now that I know my levels are low, the fatigue is an easy fix.
What’s going on in your body is directly related to mood and emotional well-being. If you haven’t been feeling your best, I would recommend getting a checkup done to see if there are any physiological factors that can be ruled out.
There you have it. 3 Self-Care Tips for Springtime. There’s still time left in the day to do something kind for yourself. Do it!
Peace and Love,